Out in the Bay

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Out in the Bay - Gay Radio from San Francisco    

Queer histories, herstories, personalities and issues are explored with humor, insight, and sensitivity each week on Out in the Bay.  We've been called “the gay Fresh Air” and even "the gay Tavis Smiley." We’ve interviewed such celebrities as film directors Ang Lee and John Waters, comedians Margaret Cho and Marga Gomez, singers Leslie Gore and Michael Feinstein,  actors, authors and more.  We’ve also featured historians, scholars, and activists -- including Phyllis Lyon and the late Del Martin -- with compelling stories about the reality of LGBT life. 

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Powerful Memoir: "Riding Fury Home"

Jan 6, 2015

Chana

Wilson grew up in the 1950s with a suicidal mother. She learned in adulthood that her mother had been a closeted lesbian given psychiatric treatments - including electroshock - to “cure” her. Mother and daughter developed a deep bond when both came out as lesbians in the women’s and gay liberation movements of the late 1960s and ’70s. There's much more to this touching, fascinating story in "Riding Fury Home," Chana’s memoir. Marilyn Pittman hosts.  Thursday, January 8, 2015.

Managing Grief

Jan 1, 2015

How do we cope with the death of a spouse or lover? Or of a parent or sibling with whom we had a troubled relationship?  What particular challenges do LGBT people face in grieving? Surveys show that most Americans consider the loss of someone’s unmarried partner less traumatic for the survivor than the loss of a wife or husband. Where does that leave gay men and lesbians whose partners die? Bereavement experts say many minorities suffer "disenfranchised grief" - grief not fully recognized by society. On this week's Out in the Bay (7pm Thursday), Eric Jansen and guests discuss these and other aspects of grief and loss.  (First aired March 27, 2014; re-broadcast 7pm PST January 1, 2015)

Trannyshack Transforms Into Mother

Dec 25, 2014

  

Drag impresario Heklina, of "Trannyshack" fame, has revitalized what used to be the hot corner of the gay male club scene in the '70s and '80s.  It was called Oasis and came complete with swimming pool, showers, and towels back then.  She's keeping that name and opening the new space on New Year's Eve.  Her new drag show, "Mother," opens on January 17th.  Heklina talks with Marilyn Pittman (broadcast Thursday, December 25th)

22nd Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy

Dec 18, 2014

  

"What are Jews supposed to do on Christmas?"  Eric Jansen's guest on Out in the Bay Thursday night, comic Lisa Geduldig, says it's an age-old question that she answered 21 years ago with her now annual show Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, Jewish comedians telling jokes in a Chinese restaurant on Christmas, Christmas Eve, and this year, Boxing Day, too. Two shows nightly this year feature NPR program host Ophira Eisenberg,14-year-old Simon Cadel (Kung Pao's youngest comic ever), Jeremy Hotz and Lisa Geduldig, who also serves as Master of Ceremonies.  Hear a taste of all four comedians on tonight's Out in the Bay, and about Kung Pao Kosher Comedy's history and a little bit of San Francisco's queer history from producer Geduldig. (Airs 7pm Thursday, Dec. 18.)

Giant Tree's Tale: Gifts and Ornaments Grow With It

Dec 11, 2014
Peretz Partensky

  

The Tale of Tom & Jerry's Tree:Tom Taylor and Jerry Goldstein's Xmas Tree & Holiday Spectacular in SF's Dolores Heights draws thousands of visitors. The tree is 65 feet tall. They use a crane to place oversized ornaments, presents, and stuffed toy animals. Why put on this extravagant display every December, for 20+ years now, at huge expense? It's one of their gifts to the city - and maybe a reason they've stuck together 41 years!  Tom & Jerry, active philanthropists, also founded the Diversity Foundation of San Francisco. Meet them, hear their tale and their tree's on Out in the Bay, 7pm Thursday, Dec. 11. Eric Jansen hosts.

Cat knows more than she can say in Pussy (the play)

Nov 20, 2014

Maura Halloran's Pussy is clever, quirky, and full of wit and insights into human nature that only a pussycat can have. The title character is a cat owned by a lesbian whose romance is on the rocks. Writer and actor Halloran, Eric Jansen's guest on tonight's Out in the Bay (7pm Thursday) plays both soon-to-be ex-lovers, their mildly homophobic but clearly curious landlady, and Pussy, a keen observer who knows more than she's able to say. Halloran shifts smoothly and convincingly between all four characters, and is especially delightful to watch jumping onto furniture and calmly licking herself as her 'masters' bicker long-distance.    Meet all of Pussy's characters and their creator, Maura Halloran, on Out in the Bay, 7pm PST Thursday 11/20, on kalw.org worldwide/ 91.7 fm SF Bay Area; on demand after broadcast at OutintheBay.org

LGBT Africans Speak Out On Growing Homophobia

Nov 13, 2014

  

With Uganda's ruling party this week proposing a new anti-gay bill many LGBT advocates say is even worse than the law struck down in August, a Ugandan civil rights leader and two activists from Cameroon appear on Out in the Bay (Thursday, 7pm) to give first-hand accounts of the situation in their countries.Pepe Onziema, program director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), talks about government tracking of activists and the public backlash after Uganda's high court nullified the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act, and describes how homophobia and transphobia are sweeping across Africa. Gaelle runs the Cameroon non-profit women's support organization Elles; Cedric, who worked for an AIDS organization, fled Cameroon last year fearing for his life and now lives in the Bay Area. (Gaelle and Cedric did not want their last names used.) We also hear "We Were the Hunted Then" from St. Louis, Missouri-based singer/songwriter Jon Valley.

Funny Tuesdays in the Castro!

Nov 6, 2014

  

Marilyn Pittman talks with comedian and producer Ronn Vigh about the state of gay comedy and his weekly show, “Funny Tuesdays,” at Harvey’s in the Castro. Are social media and political correctness stifling the kind of material comics can do?  Are the gays just too damn sensitive? Hear from Ronn on his 9 years producing the show and what he’s seen and heard. Plus he has MUNI jokes! Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 7pm Pacific.

Brava Hosts Hot Lesbian Film

Oct 30, 2014

Making feature films with lesbians at the center isn't an easy task, especially when you have to shoot it in 5 days! Hear about the actors, the improv, and the steamy love scenes as host Marilyn Pittman talks to writer-director Marina Rice Bader, Thursday, October 30th, 7pm.  See the film at Brava Theatre Center in San Francisco's Mission District Saturday, November 1st, at 7pm. http://brava.org

Sea Slugs & "Science, Neat"

Oct 23, 2014
Shayle Matsuda

  

Shayle Matsuda is a graduate student studying sea slugs at the California Academy of Sciences. Out of the lab, he creates research experiences for high school students and hosts an interactive happy hour series at San Francisco's El Rio bar called "Science, Neat." He draws by hand, water-colors and uses digital media to make science more accessible. (His hand-drawn "Science, Neat" whale illustration is pictured here.) At a Bay Area Science Festival event Oct. 28, Shayle will talk about the challenges and rewards of being in transition from female to male while in the close quarters of a scientific expedition. He shares these and other highlights of his personal journey and his passion for science on tonight's Out in the Bay with host Eric Jansen.  7pm Thursday, Oct. 23, 91.7 FM + kalw.org

Strolling through history on LGBT walk of fame

Oct 2, 2014

  

As preparations for Sunday's Castro Street Fair wind up, 20 bronze sidewalk plaques are in place to guide pedestrians on a stroll through queer history. The Rainbow Honor Walk is a growing monument along the streets of San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood honoring LGBT pioneers. Rainbow Honor Walk co-founder David Perry is Eric Jansen's guest on Out in the Bay, 7pm Thursday. We’ll also hear Steven Short's feature on “The Queer Past Becomes Present,” an exhibit now up at the GLBT History Museum on 18th Street, also in the Castro.

Supersurvivors - Growing from Adversity

Sep 11, 2014

  

Marriage begets crisis in "Love is Strange"

Aug 28, 2014

Love is Strange is a new film starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as an older gay couple, together 39 years, who get married after New York legalizes same sex marriage. That's when their troubles begin.  Hear scenes from the film and hear director and co-writer Ira Sachs tell us about his inspiration. Eric Jansen hosts. Love is Strange opens in San Francisco Bay Area theaters Friday August 28.  (Broadcast Thursday, 8/28/14)

A Gay History: "For My Brothers"

Aug 20, 2014

The wild and crazy times of gay male life in San Francisco during the 70's and 80's are told in this memoir from someone who lived through them, miraculously. Marilyn talks with author Mark Abramson about his book, "For My Brothers." Thursday, August 21st, 2014. 7:00pm Pacific. 

The Art & Queerness of Burning Man

Aug 14, 2014

  

Why do tens of thousands of people trek to a temporary camp city in a remote Nevada desert every August? Is Burning Man worth the heat and dust storms? What's queer about it? On Thursday's Out in the Bay (7pm 8/14) Eric Jansen's guests are Jennifer Raiser and Sidney Erthal, writer and photographer, respectively, of the book Burning Man: Art on Fire; and Foxy, past mayor of Camp Beaverton, the main lesbian camp in Burning Man's "gayborhood."

Luscious Queer Music Festival Aug. 22-24

Aug 7, 2014

Vicki Randle of Skip the Needle and Matt Alber (above) are just two of some two dozen performers featured at the Luscious Queer Music Festival, first of its kind in Northern California.  Headliners for the three-day festival at Saratoga Springs Retreat Center in Lake County Aug 22-24 include LGBT artists Mary Lambert, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Jon Ginoli of Pansy Division, comic Marga Gomez and women's music pioneer Cris Williamson.  Hear some of their music and details for the weekend celebration on tonight's Out in the Bay.  Eric Jansen hosts, with guests Jon Ginoli, DJs Page Hodel and Justime, and event producer and performance artist Ruven Hannah. (Broadcast 7pm Thursday Aug. 7; click "play" to hear it after broadcast.)

A mile-high look at modern US history. Is it true most male flight attendants are gay? Was it ever? How did their legal battles with airlines help advance gay rights and workplace gender equity? Is the tale of “Patient Zero” – a steward accused of being the initial transcontinental spreader of HIV – accurate? Stow your tray tables and put your seats in their fully upright and locked positions for a quick flight through the history of airline stewards. Eric Jansen's guest is Philadelphia University history professor Phil Tiemeyer, author of Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality and AIDS in the history of male flight attendants, published by University of California Press.

  

7pm Thursday, meet Cheyenne Jackson -  in his own words, "AmFAR's bitch."  He's an award-winning Broadway actor, movie star, songwriter and singer who tonight and tomorrow sings classic film songs in “Hello Gorgeous!” Cheyenne Jackson Goes to the Movies with the San Francisco Symphony. On tonight's Out in the Bay, a sampling of his music -- including a short a cappella in-studio special just for us -- and he talks about his creative and activist passions.

The Gay Mayor Of Salt Lake City

Jul 17, 2014

  

Troy Williams is known as "the gay mayor" of Salt Lake City. He is an award-winning broadcaster, host of KRCL's "Radioactive" there. He has been at the forefront of the fight for marriage equality in a red state dominated by the Mormon church. He has news from that front, plus excerpts of his interview with feminist Kate Kelly, who made headlines June 23rd when she was ex-communicated by the Mormon church.  

  Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7pm Pacific.

Photo by Liz Payne

  

7pm Thursday. Historians debated for decades whether Eleanor Roosevelt was a lesbian. Writer Terry Baum's and director Carolyn Myers' new play, Hick: A Love Story - The Romance of Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt is about the romance between arguably America’s most influential First Lady - the wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President during the Great Depression and World War 2 (1933-45) - and the USA’s most prominent woman journalist at the time. Eric Jansen hosts this conversation with Baum and Myers, in which they perform scenes from the play to preview it for Out in the Bay listeners, 7pm Thursday. Hick: A Love Story, co-presented by the Crackpot Crones and Theatre Rhinoceros, runs July 10-27 in San Francisco's Eureka Theatre. All performances are FREE, but reservations are required

  

Uncovering a censored lesbian poet from Russia’s Silver Age. As Russia continues its anti-gay crackdown, Oakland-based women’s chorus Kitka performs "I will remember everything," a world premiere of a cappella music that gives voice to poems by Sophia Parnok, a censored lesbian poet from Russia’s Silver Age a century ago.  Some call Parnok “Russia’s Sappho.” Out in the Bay's Eric Jansen and Nora Elmeligy stopped by Kitka's rehearsal Monday night to capture some of the sumptuous music being prepared for the June 20-22 premiere, and to speak with Kitka director and singer Shira Cion and composer Eric Banks, who translated Parnok’s poems and set them to music, about their inspiration for this concert.  Broadcast: 7pm PDT Thursday, June 12, on kalw.org + 91.7 FM SF Bay Area. [photo: Myles Boisen]

Tranny: Now The T-Word

Jun 4, 2014
Nick Ice

  

Did you know you're not supposed to say 'tranny' any more when referring to transexuals or transvestites?  Bowing to pressure from transexual activists, the internationally known drag event, 

  "Trannyshack," has had to change its name to "T-Shack."  San Francisco promoter Heklina talks with host and producer Marilyn Pittman about why and what it means for her brand, her club, and her politics. Thursday at 7pm Pacific Time, kalw.org and 91.7fm, San Francisco. 

Out In The Bay: Counter-Culture Diva

May 28, 2014

Dedicated to capturing the oral history of queer San Francisco, Out In The Bay host Marilyn Pittman  interviews one of the legendary figures of the 60's, 70's, and 80's: former Cockettes member, Dolores Deluce. Her memoir, "My Life, A Four-Letter Word: Confessions of a Counter-Culture Diva," made Amazon's Top 20 and is an intimate, honest look back at life in the city during its radical heyday. Friends with Divine, Sylvester; lover to many gay men, witness to the devastation of AIDS, Dolores is a survivor with stories to tell. Thursday, May 29, 2014 

  at 7pm Pacific. 

Harvey Milk Celebrated

May 20, 2014

Thursday, May 22nd is the debut of the Harvey Milk postage stamp.  "Out In The Bay's" Marilyn Pittman talks with James Black and Charles Morris, the authors of  "An Archive of Hope,"  a collection of Harvey Milk's speeches, columns, and campaign materials. Hear about Harvey's passion for government by the people and his campaign motto: "You gotta give 'em hope." Thursday, May 22nd, at 7pm right after "Fresh Air.  (originally aired October 13, 2013)

Destiny Arts: Helping Youth Out

May 15, 2014

Even in the S.F.

While a young housewife with kids in the 1950s and ’60s, Ann Bannon was a paperback writer of lesbian love stories. Scorned by the literary elite, her and other authors’ pulp fiction helped build the gay rights movement, and reading them now gives us a historical glimpse into gay and lesbian life in those times. Monica Nolan just finished the fourth book in her Lesbian Career-Girl series, spoofs of 1960s high school girls’ career primers that humorously pay homage to lesbian pulp fiction like Ann’s from last century. They both join host Eric Jansen live tonight. We’ll also hear from comedy writer and actor Bruce Vilanch, now starring in 42nd Street Moon’s production of the 1939 musical Du Barry Was A Lady. Did you know he wrote a disco song for Eartha Kitt? You'll hear about that, too, in this special hour-long edition of Out in the Bay.

Lesbian Pulp Fiction, 21st Century Style

Apr 3, 2014

  

San Francisco writer Monica Nolan has just completed the fourth book in her saucy Lesbian Career Girl series. With titles like “Lois Lenz, Lesbian Secretary," “Bobby Blanchard, Lesbian Gym Teacher” and “Maxie Mainwaring, Lesbian Dilletante,” they’re spoofs of 1950s and ‘60s career primers for high school girls, and humorous homages to lesbian pulp fiction of the same era – often-maligned literature that helped build the gay rights movement. Join Nolan with Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen as they read selections from her racy fiction -- including a sneak peek from her yet-to-be-released "Dolly Dingle, Lesbian Landlady" --  and discuss how historically-set novels and film document the changes in societal norms and LGBT rights over the years. (Aired April 3)

Tyler Clementi was an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman who killed himself after his roommate recorded webcam videos of Tyler’s lustful encounters with another man, then invited other students to view them.

Sister Spit's 2014 tour kicks off March 19 in San Francisco! Award-winning writers Michelle Tea and Ali Liebegott (Sister Spit co-founder and long-time contributor respectively) fill us in on the San Francisco-based queer feminist writers cabaret that traverses the USA and other countries spreading queer culture. They also read from their latest books: Michelle Tea's is Mermaid in Chelsea Creek; Ali Liebegott's is Cha-Ching! ; Michelle also reads from the anthology Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road. Eric Jansen hosts. 

Julia Jackson: Children Are Forever

Feb 13, 2014

  

Did you know black babies are half the cost as white babies and you don't have to wait as long? Marilyn Pittman talks with comic Julia Jackson about her new solo show, "Children Are Forever (All Sales Are Final)," a look at a biracial lesbian couple who adopt a black baby. Hilarious, poignant. Thursday, 7pm Pacific, February 13, 2014. 

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